White Sox planning to have Chris Sale in the rotation next year

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Now that the White Sox’s playoff hopes have vanished they can begin looking forward to next season and general manager Ken Williams said yesterday that Chris Sale will get an opportunity to claim a rotation spot out of spring training.
Sale breezed through the minors after being drafted 13th overall in June, moving to the bullpen and reaching the majors just three months after finishing his career at Florida Gulf Coast College.
He’s been nearly unhittable as a reliever with a 1.10 ERA, .179 opponents’ batting average, and 21 strikeouts in 16.1 innings, but Sale was a starter in college and Williams made it clear that the White Sox would smartly like to give him a chance to contribute for 200 innings a season before locking him into a 60-inning role.
Sale’s odds of being in the Opening Day rotation could hinge on Jake Peavy’s recovery from shoulder surgery and Williams indicated to Scott Merkin of MLB.com that the White Sox may still look to limit Sale’s workload by shifting him back to the bullpen at some point in 2011.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.